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33 Things to know before visiting China

China has been a rather closed country due to the conservatory emperors that ruled over the years, until 70s when it started to open its doors to the world. Since then, China has experienced a period of rapid growth and change. These days, more and more tourists from around the world, who visit China, crowd to the ancient country to experience its rich history, its exotics customs and perhaps catch a glimpse of its bright future. While modernization has meant that many western amenities are now available, there are still things that might catch you unprepared. So, after 15 days in China, I’ve wrote some of my top tips for going to China Hopefully, these will help you prepare to discover what a wonderfully challenging and beautiful country China is. 1.Plan your Trip Planning a trip to China is an exciting adventure itself. You will have to plan every aspect…

Sao Poao Festival in Porto

Porto is Portugal’s second largest city, and the Ribeira district is a world heritage zone of winding streets and churches that maintain the old-world feeling you expect from such a historic city. With two days to spend away from Vigo city (Spain), to visit Porto it was a perfect getaway plan, not to mention that we drooped right in the middle of Sao Poao Festival. So, in the morning we went to Vigo’s train station and we took the train to Portugal. In about two hours we were in Porto in the famous train station, Sao Bento. It is not a typical train station. Its massive walls are decorated with approximately 20,000 azulejo tiles, depicting the history of Portugal. I loved how a space so beautiful was used for something as commune as a train station. Sao Joao Festival We visited Porto in a day of celebration, it was Sao Joao…

Porto

Perched on the steep banks of the River Douro, Porto is Portugal’s second-largest city. It became a modern city with plenty to offer beyond its best-known wine exports. We had the change to visit Porto, while we were in Spain. From Vigo, our camp base, it took us only two hours, by train, to reach Porto. So we had two day to explore and to enjoy the city. There are so many places to visit in Porto but I want to share our personal itinerary with you. 1.  Sit on the river banks in the Ribeira district. Grab a book, drink a glass of wine or simply enjoy the moment. We bought some traditional Portuguese farturas, some drinks and just sat next to the river enjoying a lovely afternoon. 2.  Experience the new and the old Porto is a city with a huge amount of history that can evolve to…

1 day in Bergamo

Bergamo is a small town in Lombardy, Italy, very close to Milan. The city is often overlooked by tourists who arrive to Italy with low cost airlines and head straight to Milan or just take another flight to somewhere else. This was also our case. On the way to Spain we had to spend a night in Bergamo before our next flight, but this time we had a full day to enjoy the charming little city. So, we dropped our bags and headed to the Upper town. Bergamo offers little treasures like museums, ancient palaces, churches and monuments that can be compared with those of other more important Italian cities. The city is divided into two parts – the Upper Town, or “Citta Alta”, and the newer, Lower City, or “bassa città.” Main point of interest is the Citta alta, that’s where the whole magic of Bergamo is. Citta Alta…

Top 7 Things to do in Vigo

The Romans who inhabited the area named Vicus, the city known today as Vigo. Since that time, it has flourished and developed into a scenic port city rich in maritime traditions and gastronomic culture. For this, there are several things to do in Vigo to keep you busy for several days. The main reason why we choose Vigo was cause of the Cies Islands. We booked a hotel in Vigo, to have all the comfort of the hotel and to try everything that Galician cuisine can offer. Being a major fishing port, Vigo has an abundance of fresh seafood, which is arguably the highest quality in Galicia. And apart from the food, the city has several art galleries and museums, water sport activities and sites. While Vigo is a walking city, there is also a reliable bus system in place that can transport you to almost anywhere within city limits and…

Hiking the Cies Islands

If you think about Spain’s islands what first pops into your head? Ibiza? Tenerife? But what if we told you that on the Atlantic Coast of Spain you can find some of the most beautiful islands in the world? If you don’t believe us, we invite you to take a tour of the Cies Islands with us and see the natural, untouched beauty that they have to offer. A few km away from the Galician city of Vigo,  lies the Cies Islands, an unspoiled paradise of green wilderness, white sand and turquoise-blue waters. These islands are designated as A National Park, therefore an protected area. There are technical three islands in this archipelago: the sought island – San Marino, The North island – Monteagudo, and in the middle – Do Faro, which is linked to Monteagudo by a stretch of sand known as Rodas Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in…

Cies Islands – The Islands of the gods

One day I saw a picture of an amazing beach and I fell in love with it. It was called the Cies Islands. I didn’t know anything about it but I told to myself that we have to go there…and two months later we were there. Somewhere in the Galician Land, there are three Islands: The Cies Islands which are Vigo’s greatest treasure. These islands are part of the Atlantic Islands National Park and one of the Galicia’s most beautiful places, which is why the Romans named them the islands of the gods. The Cies archipelago means three islands: Monte Agudo, O Faro and San Martino. The first two are connected by a long strip of sand which is Rodas Beach and a bridge between the ocean and the inner lake. Imagine a paradise beach with crystalline waters, in a natural environment that makes it a unique wildlife observatory, bordered by…

Moscow – The ultimate travel guide

If you’ve never traveled to Russia, you’re probably struggling to imagine what Moscow is like. Moscow is a city that longs to be explored. With a rich history and tons of museums and monuments to visit, history buffs will never be bored and for sure an unforgettable experience. Best time to visit Moscow Of course, the best period is summer, when the city is warm and bustling. Winters are brutally cold, but this is when you’ll get a true glimpse into the Moscow experience. How to reach Moscow By plane The best way to reach Moscow is by plane. There are three major airports in Moscow: Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo. If you come from abroad you will arrive either to Sheremetyevo international airport (all major international airlines and Aeroflot) or to Domodedovo international airport (Swiss Airlines, AirMalta, British Airways, Emirates, El Al, China Eastern, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and most of the Central Asian airlines, plus…

Riding the famous metro in Moscow

The Moscow Underground is an essential part of life in the capital, and is the main pillar of the whole public transport system in the city.  Moscow metro has 12 lines with a total length of 325,4 km, making it the 6th longest in the world and one of the most beautiful ones. At the beginning of the 20th century, when certain engineers suggested to build an underground transport system, the local government declined it in favor of trams. Indeed trams in those days were very popular and contributed quite substantially to the city’s budget. By the end of the 20s, Moscow was coming to a transport collapse with existing tram networks. So they were forced to build an alternative transportation system. The first line of the Moscow Metro was opened in 1935. It was designed and constructed within 4 years. Later on, more lines and stations were connecting parts of the city and…

An Evening at Bolshoi Theater

Bolshoi Theater is one of the most magical theaters in the world and a symbol of Russian culture and history. The structure was built in 1821 but it can be traced back to 1776 when Catherine II granted a prince, the privilege of maintaining a theater. Since then, Bolshoi Theater is the oldest and the most renowned company in the world. It is by far the world’s biggest ballet company, with more than 200 dancers. It is also a world-famous leading school of ballet. During our visit to Moscow, we couldn’t have missed a night of ballet in Bolshoi Theater. So, we bought a ballet ticket to the famous play “La Sylphide”. It is possible to visit Bolshoi Theater in two ways: either you buy a ticket to attend a ballet or opera performance or you take a guided tour in English. We chose to attend a performance night of…